Music

Mountain Stage
3:46 pm
Tue June 12, 2012

Punch Brothers On Mountain Stage

Punch Brothers.
Brian Blauser Mountain Stage

Originally published on Tue February 26, 2013 12:35 pm

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13.7: Cosmos And Culture
3:24 pm
Tue June 12, 2012

Maureen Dowd Fears The Cosmos, Should You?

An artist's impression of a gamma-ray burst, a powerful jet of energy lasting from less than a second to several minutes. The most powerful events in the universe, they are thought to be mostly associated with the explosion of stars that collapse into black holes.
A. Roquette ESO

The little girl looked worried as she raised her hand. I was spending the morning with a 3rd-grade class talking about astronomy. The discussion was winding down and I was fielding questions. One kid asked about stars blowing up in a supernova. Another wanted to know about the universe blowing up in the Big Bang. But something else was going on with the worried girl. I asked her what was wrong. On the verge of tears, in a trembling voice, she looked at me plaintively and asked: "Am I going to blow up too?"

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The Two-Way
3:12 pm
Tue June 12, 2012

Assistant Penn State Coach McQueary Takes the Stand In Sandusky Trial

Penn State University assistant football coach Mike McQueary arrives at the Centre County Courthouse to testify in the child sexual abuse trial of former Penn State University assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky in Bellefonte, Pa.
Gene J. Puskar AP

Originally published on Tue June 12, 2012 3:58 pm

(Note: There is graphic testimony about the alleged sexual abuse of a young boy in this post.)

Mike McQueary, a key witness in the case against Jerry Sandusky, testified that he saw the former Penn State assistant football coach engaged in a "clear" "sex act" with a young boy at a campus shower, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

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The Two-Way
2:45 pm
Tue June 12, 2012

Russia Is Sending Syria Helicopters, Clinton Says

Originally published on Thu June 14, 2012 7:28 am

Russia is sending attack helicopters to Syria for President Bashar Assad's regime to use in its campaign to stamp out opposition, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said today.

She warned that such action "will escalate the conflict quite dramatically."

The U.S. and Russia have been at odds over how hard to squeeze the regime in an effort to end its harsh crackdown on anti-Assad protests — a crackdown that the U.N. says has killed more than 10,000 people since March 2011, mostly civilians.

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Favorite Sessions
2:42 pm
Tue June 12, 2012

Gregoire Maret: Harmonica With Legs

Gregoire Maret at WBGO.
Josh Jackson WBGO

Originally published on Tue June 12, 2012 3:23 pm

When Baron Toots Thielemans, the Belgian harmonica legend, guested on Gregoire Maret's self-titled debut, the sense was that Maret himself had been knighted. He'd already proven himself worthy on recordings with Pat Metheny and Jacky Terrasson, but until recently, the 37-year-old didn't have his own singular statement to drive the point home.

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The Two-Way
2:10 pm
Tue June 12, 2012

'Whitey' Bulger's Girlfriend Sentenced To 8 Years In Prison

This undated file photo provided by the U.S. Marshals Service shows Catherine Greig, the longtime girlfriend of Whitey Bulger.
AP

The girlfriend of the notorious mob boss James J. 'Whitey' Bulger has been sentenced to 8 years in prison, after pleading guilty to charges of conspiracy to harbor a fugitive.

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The Mix
2:06 pm
Tue June 12, 2012

NPR Music's 50 Favorite Songs Of 2012 (So Far)

This mix is best enjoyed in warm weather, near a large body of water, with your old school boombox turned up to 11.
Aaron R. Fulkerson Flickr.com

Originally published on Fri June 22, 2012 5:54 pm

There's never just one theme running through the music of a given year, but through the first half of 2012, it's been hard to ignore the varieties of ecstasy referenced, performed and endorsed by the musicians behind many of our favorite songs.

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Deceptive Cadence
2:03 pm
Tue June 12, 2012

Analog For Astronauts: An Ambient Classic Reimagined

The Apollo 11 space module above the surface of the moon.
Hulton Archive Getty Images

Originally published on Tue June 12, 2012 5:02 pm

(Classical Detours meanders through stylistic byways, exploring new recordings from the fringes of classical music.)

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NPR Music Essentials
1:58 pm
Tue June 12, 2012

NPR Music's 25 Favorite Albums Of 2012 (So Far)

Stephanie d'Otreppe NPR

Originally published on Wed June 26, 2013 3:07 pm

The albums that made the first half of our year came at us from every direction (often, more than one at a time). We've collected our favorites into a handy little list that we're happy to share with you today.

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World Cafe: Sense Of Place
1:55 pm
Tue June 12, 2012

World Cafe Gets Funky In New Orleans

Explore this interactive map for stories, photos and videos of the city's highlights, as recommended by Trombone Shorty, Ani DiFranco, John Boutté, Treme's Davis Rogan, and Dr. John.

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